College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
BS in Agricultural Science
Just over the grade, east of Atascadero in Creston, California, there are 160-acres belonging to the Kelsey See Canyon’s estate. Of those 160-acres, roughly five are the home to Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines. Due to the arid climate in Creston, these vines thrive. The growing conditions on this estate are ideal, except for one issue: pests. Laurie Kelsey, owner of this vineyard, has been battling a rodent infestation that is devastating this vineyard. These squirrels, voles, and pocket gophers are causing problems with irrigation in the field, burrowing through the root systems of vines, eating fruit, and stripping young vines of their bark. The author will be researching ways to effectively kill these rodents.